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Bell & Ross Carbon Fiber Phantom limited Edition 500 PC...
Rs. 274,548
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Pawndeluxe
284
NL
A. Lange & Söhne WWII Aviator FL23883
Rs. 566,474
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
301
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Q178T471 Master Compressor Diving Chronograph...
Rs. 700,159
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European Watch Company
219
US
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare Stainless Steel Men's...
Rs. 650,973
Seller
Xupes.com
206
UK
Breitling Avenger Hurricane
Rs. 555,796
Seller
BlackTagWatches
132
US
Panerai Luminor 1950 Stainless Steel Watch PAM00217
Rs. 1,443,554
Free shipping
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Avi & Co NY
121
US
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
Rs. 520,412
Free shipping
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Icône Watches
425
ES
IWC IW388002 Pilot Chrono Top Gun Miramar, Green Dial Ceramic
Rs. 662,985
Free shipping
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Master Luxury USA
76
US
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Ceramic Military Type
Rs. 180,218
Seller
FORT COLLECTORS
153
ES
Zenith PILOT AERONEF
Rs. 338,063
Seller
ZEGG & CERLATI
67
MC
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare PAM00339
Rs. 844,991
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
301
UK
Panerai Watch Radiomir Manual PAM00587
Rs. 561,754
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Panerai Radiomir 8 Giorni Brevettato Black Ceramic Men's...
Rs. 754,827
Seller
Xupes.com
206
UK
Zenith Chronograph Pilot Type 20 Tourbillon
Rs. 2,786,458
Seller
Elite Chrono Ltd.
323
UK
Longines Heritage Military
Rs. 116,785
Seller
Zanon Gioielli
11
IT
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
Rs. 549,096
Free shipping
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Icône Watches
425
ES
Heuer 1550 SG Military Bundeswehr Chronograph Flyback Vintage 1A+
Rs. 368,714
Seller
Luxury-Time
500
DE
Longines Heritage Military
Rs. 147,972
Seller
Danson Jewelers
 
US
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
Rs. 424,115
Seller
ZEGG & CERLATI
67
MC
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare PAM00339
Rs. 844,991
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
301
UK
IWC Watch Pilots Chrono IW388002
Rs. 608,960
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
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Bell & Ross BRV192-MIL-ST/SCA
Rs. 97,445
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Private Seller
 
US
Bell & Ross BR 03
Rs. 195,052
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WATCH WORLD
 
ES
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special bronzo
Rs. 565,487
Seller
CROATTO 1901 SRL
 
IT
Anonimo militare automatico
Rs. 245,864
Seller
wiquel s.r.l.
9
IT
IWC Grosse Fliegeruhr Big-Pilot Top Gun Miramar Keramik
Rs. 817,907
Seller
LUXUHRIA Uhren&Schmuck
89
DE
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 MILITARY TYPE
Rs. 274,289
Seller
Danson Jewelers
 
US
Zenith PILOT AERONEF 48 MM TYPE XX TOURBILLON
Rs. 3,304,412
Seller
ZEGG & CERLATI
67
MC
IWC Fliegeruhr Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar Keramik Automatik...
Rs. 313,886
Seller
Zeitauktion GmbH
1168
DE
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Tutima Military Titan Fliegerchronograph für Bundeswehr
Rs. 149,977
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Private Seller
 
DE
Breitling Watch Chronospace M78366
Rs. 354,046
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Ceramic
Rs. 195,052
Seller
WATCH WORLD
 
ES
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW388002
Rs. 638,732
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Watch My Diamonds
217
US
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Automatic Navy SEALs
Rs. 569,585
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Private Seller
 
FR
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military, XB12101A/BF46, Complete Set
Rs. 447,163
Free shipping
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Estates Consignments
94
US
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare Limited Edition
Rs. 713,778
Seller
Watchattitude
48
CH
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Breitling Chronospace Military
Rs. 273,796
Seller
Private Seller
 
UK
IWC Big Pilots Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar
Rs. 669,384
Seller
Ian Blowers Jewellers
51
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Navy Seals GMT
Rs. 1,393,099
Seller
Chad Warrick
18
US
Bell & Ross Watch BR03-92 BR03-92-S
Rs. 202,987
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
TOP
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar
Rs. 409,542
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Private Seller
 
AU
Heuer Bundeswehr Chronograph 3H Ref. 1550 SG Flyback Valjoux 230
Price on request
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Luxusboerse Zurich Exclusive
79
CH
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Pilots Chronograph Watch Stainless Steel...
Rs. 230,980
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Zadok Jewelers
44
US
Panerai Marina Militare Lefthand Pam00217
Rs. 1,196,538
Seller
schreiter-muenchen.de
260
DE
Bell & Ross BR0392 DESERT TYPE
Rs. 278,646
Seller
Temps & Passions
34
MC
IWC Pilot´s Watch Top Gun Miramar Keramik Black Titan Automati...
Rs. 753,819
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
897
DE
Bell & Ross Compass
Rs. 272,852
Seller
Ian Blowers Jewellers
51
UK
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
Rs. 830,085
Seller
Chad Warrick
18
US
Bell & Ross Watch BR03-92 BR03-92-S
Rs. 207,235
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Panerai Special Editions
Rs. 696,615
Seller
Chronozeal
13
CY
Tutima Military Chronograph 760-01 Lemania 5100 Titanium
Rs. 201,876
Seller
Luxusboerse Zurich Exclusive
79
CH
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare
Price on request
Seller
watch for friends
17
DE
Tutima Military "Bund"
Rs. 180,300
Seller
Kult-uhr
144
DE
Alpina Startimer Pilot Chronograph - Achtung 33,1% gespart
Rs. 49,091
Seller
Miquel Schmuck & Uhren GmbH
1017
DE
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar Automatic...
Rs. 753,163
Seller
Timepiece Bank
534
BE
Zenith Pilot Type 20
Rs. 361,599
Seller
Ian Blowers Jewellers
51
UK
Panerai PAM339
Rs. 978,057
Seller
Chad Warrick
18
US
Panerai Watch Radiomir Manual PAM00339
Rs. 731,696
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Bell & Ross Heritage
Rs. 127,789
Free shipping
Seller
Kusumoto shoten co.,Ltd.
19
JP
Zenith Pilot Type 20
Rs. 327,819
Free shipping
Seller
Guardian Of Time
913
UK
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Military Watches: Beloved Amongst Military and Civilians Alike

Whether on water, land, or in the air, military watches are useful everywhere. They're robust, functional, and relatively affordable even when new. An older military watch with a documented history, however, can reach astronomical prices.

Everything to Know About Military Watches

  • Robust and legible
  • Famous watches like the Rolex Submariner or IWC Mark 11
  • Extensive vintage selection
  • Rare and expensive collector's pieces are good investments
  • Large selection of affordable everyday watches

From a Service Watch to a Cult Watch

Military watches should, above all, be reliable and fulfill their purpose - no more, no less. Failure while the watch is in use can result in grave consequences. Military watches have no superfluous extras. Stainless steel and plastic are the main case materials used, as gold watches for regular military equipment do not fit most budgets. A military watch can't be too expensive, seeing as they're distributed en masse to the troops.

In any case, there is no clear cut definition for a military watch. This is why some watches are labeled as military watches even though they were originally meant for civilian use. Usually, they have common military watch characteristics, but have been sold on the regular market like any other watch. Thus, a soldier may indeed be a customer, but these still aren't "real" military watches.

IWC Mark 11: Serving the Royal Air Force for Over 30 Years

Watches that exist solely because the air force, marines, or army requested them are rare. Most are only introduced later as part of the brand's regular selection of watches available to everyone. One example of a watch like this is the most well-known pilot's watch, the Mark 11 from IWC. Created in 1948 to fulfill the wishes of the British Ministry of Defense, it was first the service watch for the Royal Air Force. Both IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre delivered Mark 11s to pilots. The RAF gradually phased the watch out at the beginning of the 1980s. IWC continued developing the series, staying close to the original and also changing the numbers in the name to Roman numerals. The 2016 model is called the Mark XVIII. Clear and legible dials are no longer just for military pilots and their crews; they're a standard characteristic of IWC watches.

The same applies to some legendary diving watches. Blancpain developed the Fifty Fathoms for the French combat diving unit, Les Naguers de combat. The Fifty Fathoms featured a unidirectional bezel and has been competing with the Rolex Submariner for the title of the first diving watch in the world since its premiere in 1953. Blancpain offers the Fifty Fathoms in versions that are based on the one from 1953. There are also models in gold or white gold with special features such as diamonds or a tourbillon. These special watches are similar to the military watches in name only.

Watches for Combat Divers

The Panerai Radiomir has a similar history. The Italian Marines turned to Panerai in 1938, as they needed a reliable and legible diving watch. Panerai created a watch that was named Radiomir after the luminous, radioactive material used. The Marina Militare gave the elite combat unit Gamma the Radiomir. Initially, the timepiece was shroud in secrecy. After Panerai replaced the harmful radioactive material with a harmless one, the diving watch was renamed the Luminor in 1950. The Radiomir is available today once again, but the luminous hands and indices are not radioactive.

Two additional famous diving watches from the 1950s were also used by the military: the Rolex Submariner and the Omega Seamaster 300. However, the Submariner and Seamaster weren't originally conceived for the military. The Submariner had already been in production for four years when the British Ministry of Defense began searching for a good diving watch. They chose the Rolex, but not the regular, civilian version; rather, they asked for some changes. The metal bars for the strap were integrated into the case, and the strap became a continuous textile strap (NATO strap) so the watch couldn't be lost. The larger bezel is made of silver, a relatively soft metal which doesn't suffer cracks or break on impact. Rolex used tritium as the luminous material. These models have an encircled T on the dial above the depth indicator. Rolex produced these military Submariners until the late 1970s.

The Seamaster: Originally for Pilots, Now for Marines

The British military also used the Omega Seamaster. However, unlike its name would suggest, the Air Force were the first to use the timepiece. At its start in 1948, the Seamaster wasn't a diving watch. It only became a diving watch when the Seamaster 300 model was released in 1957. The Omega Seamaster 300 was soon part of the Royal Navy's Special Boat Service gear. Today's Seamaster 300's design is reminiscent of the version from 1957.

For years, the Vostok Amphibia enjoyed cult status in the West as well. This watch is an inexpensive, mechanical Russian diving watch. Its construction and design have barely changed since its introduction in the late 1960s. In order to fulfill the demands of the Soviet Ministry of Defense, designers Michail Novikov and Vera Belov came up with a revolutionary sealing concept. The deeper one dives, the more intensely the edge of the Plexiglas pushes against the o-ring, which creates a seal protecting the front side of the watch. The stronger the water pressure is, the better the waterproofness is. The case back is positioned on a large rubber ring and a steel ring is also screwed on to the case. This results in both the case back and o-ring pressing against the case. Unlike other well-known diving watches, the case back is not screwed down. The Amphibia's rubber ring is neither horizontally compressed or stretched, which can happen when a screw-down back is tightened or loosened. Thus, the o-ring must only be changed in exceptional cases, while in regular diving watches, the piece is considered expendable.

With the Chronospace Military, Breitling introduced a watch that proclaimed to be a military watch directly in its name. It's powered by a quartz movement and has an analog as well as a digital display. The Chronospace Military features an alarm function, a timer, and a second time zone display. It's waterproof to 50 m (5 bar), which isn't particularly impressive for a 4,000-euro watch that claims to be a military watch.

Countless watches in a less expensive price range carry the title Swiss Military. These watches fall into three different categories: Swiss Military from Bubendorf, Swiss Military Hanowa from Möhlin, and Swiss Military by Chrono from Solothurn. Less expensive quartz watches play an important role in the Swiss Military market.

In any case, the less expensive and reliable quartz watches have prevailed amongst the military and are still worn by troops today. Navy SEALS use Luminox watches. Soldiers often wear a Traser or a Casio. A Submariner or Fifty Fathoms is no longer a piece of military equipment, but rather a luxury item.

Buying Advice

Are you looking for a sporty watch that also functions perfectly in adverse conditions? Military watches are not only functional, but incredibly robust and legible as well. Some military watches have even reached cult status.

The Submariner is one of the most famous watches of all time. The incredibly rare, early version of the Submariner has the reference number A/6538. Other reference numbers to keep an eye out for are 5513, 5517, and 5513/5517. However, a search for the 5513 results in not only military Subs, but civilian Submariners as well. The 5517 is especially sought after; it can be identified partly by its sword hands. The price of a military Submariner heavily depends on its condition and availability. Even a non-military Rolex watch, reference number 6538 from the 1950s, costs around 40,000. The military version is much more expensive. Over the course of 30 years, there were only 1,200 - 1,300 military Submariners produced, making prices over 100,000 possible. A few 5517s have already been sold for almost 150,000 euros. Frequently, dealers only first reveal their desired price upon request.

As a buyer, you have to decide if you're more interested in a historical or modern military watch. The price is often the same. A German pilot's chronograph with one push-piece from Hanhart from the Second World War costs around 8,000 - 9,000 euros. A new automatic Blancpain Fifty Fathoms diving watch with a traditional design also costs around that amount. For the Fifty Fathoms versions with a red gold case, you should plan to pay around 23,000 euros.

However, these price ranges are not typical. Normally, modern military watches are good everyday watches with an excellent price-performance ratio. When new, you can usually buy them for less than 1,000 euros; this especially applies to quartz-powered watches. A mechanical Vostok Amphibia costs less than 100 euros and has an in-house automatic caliber, 2146 B.

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